[R] recommended linux environment for R

Sven Garbade garbade at psy.uni-muenchen.de
Wed Jul 5 16:40:33 CEST 2000

Jens Oehlschlägel wrote:
> Hello,
> I'd like to ask whether there is a prefered linux distribution for use with
> R (Suse, Redhat, Debian) 

I think it´s up to you which Distribution you prefer. If you use Debian,
there are no R-contrib *.deb packages, you have to install the
source-packages with the R tool "INSTALL" (I think this is the
recommended way). For Suse there are available rpms, which also (should)
work with RedHat.

>and what fortran compiler is recommended (f77 or
> f2c)?

f2c is not a compiler. It converts fortran code to c code. You need one
of this if you want to compile R on your own. The configure script looks
for a fortran compiler and if it doesn´t find one, it searches for f2c.
Don´t know if you need this when installing one of the R-binary
distributions. But you also need f77 or f2c to install a source contrib
package. I´m using f2c and havn´t any trouble yet.

Bye, Sven
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